General Education Requirement
Lifelong Wellness (LW)
Body Weight and Obesity Challenge
I chose to write this reflection for the module 6 Body Weight and Obesity Challenge, because the underplayed role of genetics in someone’s weight really bugs me. A lot of people will just assume that because someone is obese, they must be eating unhealthy and not exercising enough. The reality is that some people are genetically predisposed to putting on fat, while others can eat almost anything, not exercise much, and still remain skinny due to a fast metabolism (I find myself in the uncommon latter category, shocked at how easily some people put on weight!).
That’s not to say it’s impossible for a person genetically predisposed to obesity to lose weight, or a naturally skinny ectomorph like me to gain it. But it’s a lot more difficult than most people realize, and people need to change their preconceptions about why someone is fat. Furthermore, both fat and skinny people need to be encouraged to eat healthy and exercise even if they aren’t overweight. It’s important to realize when the person is trying to live a healthier lifestyle, regardless of whether or not it shows.
Sources & Further Reading
An usual takeaway for sure, but the COVID-19 pandemic has been a valuable lesson in how quickly unforeseen circumstances can come along and force things can change. And especially the importance of our being able to adapt to them. I wish I could say I adapted well to managing my life in the new reality of this post-Coronavirus era, but sadly that isn’t truly the case.
What connections have you had from what you’ve studied in this LW course with what you’ve learned from other courses you have taken at SLCC or have learned before taking this class? Make specific references to your work in this class and in other courses. How did what you learned in other courses enhance what you learned here, and vice versa?
I hadn’t previously taken a Lifelong Wellness or nutrition class at SLCC, so most of the info in this class was new to me and didn’t connect with earlier classes I’d taken. But before the pandemic I was taking this class following CSIS 2810, and remember thinking how I was getting thorough mental and physical exercise in the same morning!
Reflect on what you thought about fitness and lifelong wellness before you took this course and how you think about it now that you have completed the course. Have any of your assumptions or understandings changed? Why? What assignments/activities/readings were influential in this process? How will you approach what influenced you differently in the future?
In spite of the pandemic, I was able to learn a lot from the class time we were able to complete. The importance of things I hadn’t previously considered, like warmups, cooldowns, and stretches for workouts. The concept of stages of difficulty, ranging from 1 (least effort) to 5 (nearly impossible), and gradually building up to be able to do more difficult sustained rides that I never would’ve been able to do at the start of class. The sustained stage 4 rides were exhausting and difficult work, but they paid off and it felt great to know I could accomplish that if I really put my mind to it and forced myself to. Being there in class simply provided me with the motivation I needed to realize my true potential.
As spring turns to summer, and the depressing realities of the pandemic hopefully grow more distant, I’d like to see about motivating myself to develop some healthier exercise habits. One of the modules had suggestions for building a home gym, which I’ve considering doing for some time (and it makes even more sense in the post-Coronavirus era). Furthermore, I now understand the importance of establishing a routine day and time for workouts, like this class did. And also, the importance of maintaining good mental health in addition to physical health, through techniques like mindfulness meditation to help alleviate depression and anxiety in uncertain times.